National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Be a Better Conductor: Common Ways Immigration Individual Hearings Go Off the Rails

On Demand
Presented by: Michelle Mendez
This live broadcast from Thursday, February 28 has concluded. Register below to access the on demand recording.

NITA's "Advocacy In Immigration Matters" Program Director, Michelle Mendez, will take you through the different stages of an immigration individual hearing - the trial after which the Immigration Judge will decide if the client must leave or can stay in the United Stated - identifying the top mistakes immigrant defenders make at each stage and providing fixes to those common mistakes. Whether it's avoiding pitfalls during case assessment and motions practice before the individual hearing or during the various steps of the hearing itself (preliminary matters, opening, direct, cross defense, redirect, or closing), this webcast will help you do your best work for your clients at a time in their lives when the outcome matters the most. 

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Michelle Mendez

Catholic Legal Immigrant Network, Inc
Silver Spring, MD

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